Talk To Your Manager Before You Explore Other Opportunities.
If you are thinking about applying for that new job or approaching a recruiter, you are not alone. However, are you unhappy in your role or just unhappy with something that could be addressed by a simple conversation? Is it the WFH policy, career prospects or salary?
Before you go through the process of interviewing, researching and in some cases psychometric testing, have a simple conversation that will save you a lot of time and anguish.
- WFH: Even if your place of work has announced a new WFH policy that you are unhappy with, don't accept it as definitive. You can ask if an exception can be made. If the answer is no then you know where you stand. If the answer is yes, and you are happy with everything else, then you have saved yourself time and unnecessary anguish.
- Career Development: Have you spoken up and said what you want to do and how you want to progress? If not, then how does the company know you want to be considered for new projects or a promotion?
- Salary: If you are feeling underpaid, ask for one. Make a reasoned argument of the value you add to the company and why the salary increase is deserved. A pay increase does not matter if you feel miserable in your job, but if that is the only thing that is a concern for you, then you will save yourself a lot of time if they agree that you do deserve an increase. If they say no, then you know where you stand.
A simple conversation could save you a lot of time and energy searching for something with a new company that you never asked for with your current company.
If they say no to your concern but on handing in your resignation they suddenly find that career path or salary increase, then you have to ask yourself why not earlier? Why has it taken you handing in your notice to show you that you are appreciated when a few months earlier you weren't worth the pay increase?
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